Attention Spans Dwindling, Processing Power Increasing. Are We Becoming More Like Our Primal Ancestors?

“[What information consumes is] the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.” -Herbert Simon, Nobel winner, Economics (1978) Think about that for a moment. Since the advent of movable type heralded the evolution of readily accessible information, our senses have been assaulted with ever-growing, ever-changing sources of information…

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Is Netflix the Amazon of Entertainment?

What do Amazon and Netflix have in common besides highly valued, or overvalued, stock prices, depending on your view? Most people answer that they are both Digital Disrupters kicking the old-fashioned, asleep-at-the-wheel, traditional competitors in the teeth or ass…as the case may be. And there is certainly plenty of Digibabble support for that particular POV….

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What Do Gawker and The New York Times Have in Common?

Digital is everything…but not everything is digital… My readers know my mantra and are familiar with all my varied and growing proof points from The New York Times…even the printed edition comes from a digital source…to Warby Parker opening stores in highly trafficked retail locations…because the live experience of trying on glasses with friends in…

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Lessons from CES: It’s Always All About People

I have just returned from Las Vegas where I joined tens of thousands of gamblers on their yearly pilgrimage, looking for, praying for, the Big Bet. To give you context, I was attending the annual CES (Consumer Electronics Show) – an event that I have been attending since 1996; and to give you some more…

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Bald Cats, Putin, Homer and Algorithms

“Read Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey and try and figure out why they’re still being read, searched for, turned into movies or (digibabble) digital video content.” The above was my reply to a question I was asked on a recent panel about what young creative types should do today to better prepare themselves for…

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Zynga Farms Its Own Future

Remember Zynga? In June of 2009, they launched FarmVille on Facebook, had 10 million+ active users daily in only six weeks, and on that trajectory went public with huge pre-launch hype on December 16, 2011 – opening at $10 a share, hitting a high of $14.50 in March of 2012, and today trading under $3.50…

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The Oscars – Social Heritage

Did you watch the live broadcast, through any source, of the Academy Awards, known more popularly as the Oscars? Did you watch it time delayed – depending on where you live? Or perhaps just follow it through various postings across a host of channels? Or maybe even just discuss it with a friend to share…

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History is Written by the Victors

“History is written by the victors” – so said Winston Churchill. And interestingly, wag that he often was, Churchill always said that he would write it – and indeed he did. Truth is I use to believe that too. But in our day the lines are getting blurred and history is constantly being re-written; re-interpreted…

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Have you been watching?

Have you been watching? The Olympics I mean (not your neighbor…!) I love the drama; the stories; the unexpected winners; the gracious losers; the hype; the tears…in short I’m a sucker.

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TV Dinners

TV. Television. Do you watch it? Or are you embarrassed to say you do? Instead, do you talk about streaming, PVR and DVR, time shifting, downloading and only then get to the rehashing of the latest “Idol”— in whatever country/language/format you happen to watch it.

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Cat Tails

This week I had occasion to chat with a journalist who represents one of the leading magazines of the digital age. After an interesting and wide ranging discussion about our business and how digital are we? I asked her about her publication. “So tell me,” I queried, “why do you still print magazines?” By the way – this publication delivers subscriptions by mail and has big newsstand sales. “Our dirty little secret” was her answer.

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